Bee pollinating Arrowleaf Balsamroot by Kathy Ross

Montana State Parks ( announced that they will be partnering with the Montana Native Plant Society-Flathead Chapter and Flathead Audubon Society to bring you several programs about the native plants and birds that thrive on the lovely east shore landscape.

Thursday, May 5th, 6-7 PM

Creating Birdsong in Our World, One Garden at A Time

In this presentation by Kathy Ross, you’ll learn why the relationship between native plants, insects, and birds is important to understanding the loss of habitats and biodiversity. She’ll explore why the simple acts of leaving native plants or planting native plants are one of the most direct ways to help birds and the environment. Participants will gain an understanding of how we can do this in our landscapes and gardens while creating sustainable habitats. 96% of our birds depend on insects to feed their young. Look at your garden from a new perspective through the eyes of the other beings who share the landscape with you. Celebrate the holes in leaves and rethink pretty!

This talk is limited to 20 participants. For meeting place and to register call 406-837-3041 ext. 0 

Wayfarer’s State Park

Thursday, May 26th, 8-10 AM and Thursday, June 2nd, 6-8 PM

Putting it all together, Naturalist walk at Wayfarers

Join naturalists from Audubon and MT Native Plant Society for a short walk at the Wayfarers Unit of Flathead Lake State Park in Bigfork. You’ll learn about the native plants and birds that thrive on this lovely east shore landscape where biodiversity abounds! Participants may observe; spotted towhees flitting around the waves of the lupine understory, warbler species calling high above in the trees, and catbirds searching for insects amidst the spring blossoms of ninebark and serviceberry. These hikes will be less than 1.5 miles, please dress for spring weather and bring water. Each walk is limited to 12 participants that may choose either a short or long walk option. For meeting place and to register call 406-287-3041 ext. 0

For More information call the Ranger Station at (406) 837-3041.

Lupine at Wayfarer’s by Kathy Ross